In light of me graduating tomorrow, I’ve decided to make a bit of a guide for those younger students who have not yet experienced college. Keep in mind, I am American and attended an American university while living on campus.
- hand wash your intimates (panties and bras). they’ll last longer.
- don’t get wrapped up in sticking to an aesthetic. just wear what’s clean
- hang the next day’s outfit on your closet door
- have one outfit for every occasion
- invest in plain solid colored tops, a business formal and business casual outfit, and comfortable shoes
- fold a plain t-shirt, roll it up tiny and stick it in a bag. keep this in your everyday bag if possible in the event a guy named Eric spills coffee on you in Bio
- use scarves, plaid shirts, belts, ties, etc to spice up your wardrobe. but also, its fine to wear the sweatpants and hoodie to every class
- don’t get attached to just one singular spot. explore like you’re in a video game looking for hidden items.
- sometimes you end up working in the library for their full operating hours. keep a travel bag with toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, mini bottle of face wash, pads/tampons, pain reliever, hair ties, and chapstick. just in case you stay until 2am at closing and you have an 8am and you know you won’t get much sleep.
- have cash on you, have money on your student card, have your ID with you at all times and USE EVERY RESOURCE they offer.
- minimize how much you bring. my library had desktop computers but also you can borrow macs and ipads for a period of time. also, they have chargers you can borrow.
- photocopy, print, scan, etc is your friend. borrow a textbook from a friend for a day and have your own copy in minutes at the library.
- follow the rules of the land. don’t be that guy/girl/person.
- plan your meals
- budget your meal plan so you don’t end up starving during finals week
- KNOW EVERY SINGLE DEAL/SALE/SPECIAL OFFERED AT FAST FOOD JOINTS
- eat with others, especially when you’re struggling to get food
- if it isn’t essential, don’t buy it
- never shop hungry
- make lists before you grocery shop. shop more on the outer rings of the stores where the fresh, healthy food is
- DRINK WATER
- cook like you’re trying to survive a harsh winter. leftovers that last. carbs and protein heavy.
- have family send you care packages with essentials you can’t get where you are.
- GET THE RECIPES FOR YOUR FAVORITE HOMECOOKED MEALS
- unless you invented mornings or are the god Apollo, please refrain from taking 8AM classes
- never make big gaps in between your classes in one day. schedules should maximize efficiency. have enough time to eat and pee between classes and nothing more.
- office hours. go to them. no matter what your status in the class is. you want those letter of recommendations, don’t you?
- sit in the front
- do the readings, write down questions you have, take good notes, make sure all your questions are answered before class is over
- make friends with your classmates. emailing the whole class to get notes you missed is a huge nono
- make money by being someone’s note-taker
- go to tutoring sessions
- make besties with your TA
- never work on outside assignments in class
- start the day you get an assignment even if it’s due next month
- the minute you start a new unit, prepare for that inevitable test
- you should spend hours studying for each subject. daily. for the best results
- online homework is hard to remember. make phone alerts
- download apps that won’t let you procrastinate on your computer when you need to study. i use writer’s block.
- study before you go to bed, then pause and continue once you wake up
- record yourself while you practice
- don’t stare at one person the whole time you’re speaking. pick three in different locations around the room
- if you need to pause and look at your notes, do it naturally and comfortably. even announce that you’re taking a second to check your notes
- take frequent short pauses to avoid saying uhhh and ummm while you’re trying to remember something
- ask that your audience save questions for the end
- practice (3x)
- perform your script to a friend first. have them act as your audience, teacher, and the bad scenarios that can happen when you prepare but everything goes to shit